Doing Development Justice: Corruption, Non-ideal Theory, and Global Justice


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University of Guelph


Corruption is an issue of justice and an issue of international development. In this thesis, I advocate that global justice theory should be combined with non-ideal theory and international development theory in order to provide robust descriptive and normative analyses to address political corruption. To this end, I critically evaluate Gillian Brock’s newly published global justice theory of corruption and combine it with non-ideal theory to create a framework of normative claims that can be used to understand and combat instances of corruption seen in our nations. I apply this framework to a literature case study of the 1999 arms deal scandal in South Africa to ground my discussion and demonstrate the applicability of my framework to a salient example of corruption in a developing nation. Finally, possible directions for future research are offered that non-ideal global justice theory or development theory can benefit from.



Global Justice, Non-Ideal Theory, International Development, Corruption, South Africa